Picturesque Bolivian city
The picturesque mountain town of Sorata (2,700 m above sea level) lies directly below the slopes of the mighty Cordillera Real. It is only less than 150 kilometers from La Paz and the crossing of the Cumbre saddle (4,240 m above sea level) and amazing views not only of the mountains but also of the surrounding canyons await you. So the journey itself is the goal. Sorata is otherwise also a well-known trek trail. The most famous hike leads to the Glaciar lagoon (5,050 m above sea level)
Road along the plateau
Minibuses depart for Sorata from La Paz from the „U hřbitova“ locality. It always takes the longest time to „break through“ the streets of La Paz to the suburb of El Alto (4,050 m above sea level) located on the Altiplano plateau. The road leads along the plateau and there are scattered farmsteads around. Views are both of the mountains and later of Lake Titicaca
The minibus has a short stop in Huarina, an important road junction. Most tourists from there head to Lake Titcaca, the rest towards Sorata
Road at Cumbre Pass
The road gradually climbs up to the Cumbre saddle (4,240 m above sea level) from where an amazing view opens up to the interior of the canyon and to the highest mountains of the Cordillera Real
View of Illamp
The dominant feature of this view is the fourth highest mountain in Bolivia – Illampu
There are huge valleys on both sides of the ridge that the road leads to. The arid mountains above the villages are about 4,200 meters above sea level
Turn at Jesus
In fact, the road still leads just below the ridge separating the two mighty valleys. In the steepest bend on the promontory above the valley is a statue of Jesus. You are only 10km before Sorata. Here you can get thrown away, admire the views and walk to Sorata, or take a light taxi here.
View of the steepest bend
From Jesus there is a nice view of the steepest bend on this road. When building the road, he got a comb, which is why
Landscape around Sorata
Behind these hills are the Altiplano plateau and Lake Titicaca
Descent through the agricultural landscape
From Jesus, a long descent through the agricultural landscape to the bottom of the valley awaits us. Thanks to the open landscape, the views are practically constant
View of Ancohuma
Above everything rises on the horizon the white peak of Ancohuma – the third highest mountain in Bolivia
Agricultural region around Sorata
Compared to the nearby Altiplan, it is far more fertile and life is probably more bearable
Bolivian car wash
Where else to wash a car than by the river at the bottom of the canyon
We are finally in Sorata. The city has a really relaxed impression – a small square with palm trees and a white church. Cheap accommodation and bananas – cool
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